Installer should verify merit of DirectShow codecs
I installed the DirectShow codecs, using the installer from this website. The full url is: http://downloads.xiph.org/releases/oggdsf/opencodecs_0.84.17359.exe After the installation finished, I noticed something odd: the new Vorbis decoder wasn't being used. The reason was that another decoder was registered for that type with a higher merit value, and I had to use DSFM to edit it to get the new decoder to load. Ironically, the decoder in question was an old version of Xiph's Vorbis decoder.
To prevent such problems, the installer should verify that the newly installed codecs have the highest merit value for the media type they service, and display a warning if this isn't the case. It would be slick if said warning displayed some information on the offending codec, like path, name, version, merit value, and let the user accept the situation, or fix it by promoting the new codec or demoting or disabling the old codec. (Ideally, a tool might be included so the user can edit the merit values. Something a bit like DSFM, but simpler? I realise that coding that would mean work though, and that is not what this ticket is about primarily.)